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[273] to Dr. Hoge, whose advice and influence he sought with reference to securing a settlement somewhere in the South. Mr. Guthrie preached at the Second Presbyterian church twice and at the First church once, and was offered by Dr. Hoge a position as assistant for three months, with the understanding that if there was mutual satisfaction some permanent relationship would be entered into. In April, just before the three months term as assistant came to an end, Mr. Guthrie was invited to Baltimore to preach at the First church, the pastorate of which Dr. Witherspoon had resigned to come here, and later he was extended a call at a salary of $5,000, the free use of a manse, and two months holiday every summer. The Second church here about the same time extended Mr. Guthrie a call to become co-pastor at a salary of $2,500 a year, and having become attached to the congregation and having a deep personal regard for Dr. Hoge, he decided to remain here, feeling perfectly satisfied that this was the right thing for him to do.

The installation of Rev. Mr. Guthrie as co-pastor was to have taken place on Sunday afternoon, November 20th, but Dr. Hoge's physicians felt that it would be unwise for him to attend the service, over which he had been appointed by Presbytery to preside, and it was postponed—first, for a week, and then indefinitely.

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